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Fall armyworm destroys maize

On the air in Uganda to share information about Fall armyworm

November 14, 2017

The Fall armyworm is marching through farmers’ fields across Africa, with 28 countries now dealing with this foreign invader. Uganda first experienced the Fall armyworm last year, where it took farmers by surprise. Pascal Mweruka is our radio craft development officer in Uganda. He says, “It was too much last year, because it invaded gardens…

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Maize farmers grow special plants to manage Fall armyworm

November 28, 2018

On a cloudy morning, Harbe Tafesse walks through a narrow passageway on one side of her house that leads to the 625-square-metre piece of land where she grows maize. Today, the mother of seven woke up early to see if her maize plants are safe from the recent invasion of Fall armyworm in her area.…

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How we adapted our programs in Ethiopia to respond to the Fall armyworm crisis

How we adapted our programs in Ethiopia to respond to the Fall armyworm crisis

February 21, 2018

Since 2012, we’ve been on air in Ethiopia in partnership with four radio stations to discuss quality protein maize, a variety of maize that offers a complete protein to both people and livestock who consume it. Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray are the four regions responsible for 90% of maize production in Ethiopia, making these…

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A new tool for farmers facing the Fall armyworm: radio

May 16, 2018

In the Central and Western region of Uganda, farmers are busy with the first weeding of the season. As they head into their maize fields, they will be anxious to see just how the plants are growing — and how many have been affected by the Fall armyworm. Farmers in Uganda have been dealing with…

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Fall Armyworm

Fast Facts on Fall armyworm

September 20, 2017

A hungry, hungry caterpillar It’s not a worm. It’s a caterpillar that grows into a moth. This means it can travel far once it reaches the adult stage. 100 km per night The adult moth can travel over 100 kilometres per night, and with the help of a good wind it has been known to…

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Fall armyworm

How broadcasters are responding to this hungry, hungry caterpillar

September 26, 2017

As the presenter of a popular agriculture radio program, Gideon Sarkodie is well-versed on the challenges facing smallholder farmers. But in the six years he’s hosted Thank you farmers, he’s never seen anything like the devastation farmers are experiencing now. “Some people lost their whole farms. Some people could not plant during the minor season…

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Double despair in Ethiopia: Drought and then the damaging Fall armyworm

October 10, 2017

Karen Hampson, right, walks through lush, green fields near Sodo, in southern Ethiopia. As I drove westward from the city of Sodo, in southern Ethiopia, the fields were lush, green, and full of a variety of crops. In the afternoon, we left to drive in the other direction, to an area where it had not…

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Our work in Uganda

September 19, 2018

Our work in Uganda Our work in Uganda More than 40 indigenous languages are used in Uganda, with dialects varying from community to community. This has made for a very diverse and competitive radio landscape. We are best known in Uganda for our work promoting vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweet potato through a highly popular radio…

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Rex Chapota

Close to home: Fall armyworm leaves none untouched

October 5, 2018

Rex Chapota, Farm Radio International’s Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa, calls himself a “weekend farmer.” From eight till five, Monday to Friday, he works on radio initiatives, and on the weekends, he heads to his farm where he grows enough maize for his family to eat, with a little extra to sell. “Maize…

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When a new pest invades, radio is the tool farmers need to protect their fields

July 25, 2018

When Ethiopian farmers and agricultural experts first learned about Fall armyworm in early 2017, the picture was gloomy. This invasive pest is native to the Americas, and so farmers and experts alike were uncertain as to how this hungry, hungry caterpillar would thrive in Africa’s climate—or how much it would enjoy small-scale farmers’ maize fields.…

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